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Features Editor (Temporary)

The Seattle Times, a Pulitzer Prize-winning organization and one of the nation’s premier regional news sources, is looking for a versatile Features Editor to join our newsroom. As the leader of the Features section, you will be tasked with leading the vision and direction of the Features coverage for sections like food and drink, culture, lifestyle, travel, and outdoors. In this role, the full coordination of these sections rolls up to you. As such, you should be comfortable managing and leading a small staff, supervising other editors on print and digital operations and publications, and provide general leadership awhile following The Seattle Times’ mission and standards.

Please note: This temporary role is expected to last no more than four months (from January to April 2022). While work in our office is not anticipated, applicants should be local to the Puget Sound or Washington state area.

 

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute timely, relevant, accurate, creative and fair Features content on multiple platforms. Direct staff on story ideas and their execution. Review and evaluate stories, determining their use and editing as necessary.
  • As team leader, balance a nimble response to breaking news and trending topics, with demands of long-range, planned features.
  • Seek diversity in coverage, from framing to sourcing to presentation.
  • Represent the operation to sources and the public. Work in particular with digital producers, the Metro Desk, the universal desk and graphics and photo departments to achieve effective presentation and timely production.
  • Ensure the Times is thinking about Features coverage with a multi-platform approach and is engaging readers through social media, chats, user-generated content tools and other means. Push staffers to keep their digital skills up-to-date providing the necessary training and leading by example in this regard.
  • Meet regularly with direct reports.

 

Qualifications

We are committed to diversity and creating an inclusive newsroom and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. If your profile doesn’t match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives in your Cover Letter.

  • Experience:  At least five years’ experience at a metropolitan daily, including supervisory experience.
  • Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have excellent grammar and language skills.
  • Must have typing and basic computer skills.
  • Must have social media skills, including the ability to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other emerging social networks to gather and disseminate news, reach new audiences and track the changing social landscape.
  • Must have the ability to analyze stories and make informed judgments about content, libel, newsworthiness, fairness, accuracy, etc. under pressure and on deadline.
  • Requires the ability to edit for multiple platforms using Methode, WordPress or other content-management systems used by the newsroom. Includes creating hyperlinks; attaching photos and video; understanding the use of metadata, taxonomy, search engine optimization and metrics; and other, yet-to-be developed digital editing skills.
  • Requires visual acuity.
  • Must understand and uphold the standards, ethics and mission of journalism at The Seattle Times, regardless of platform.
  • Must read The Seattle Times and other relevant news sources to keep abreast of current events.

 

Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, Seattle Times Media Solutions combines cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.

 

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